I am so excited to announce PattiAnn won the Annie’s Attic Spring Look Book Giveaway! I am getting one of the sweaters (trying to decide between the Breakers Tee and the Cresting Waves Tunic), the Palmeras placemats, and the Color Burst coasters. I can’t wait to share pictures with y’all on how these turn out!
This week has been a slow crafting week. I have been spending my free time working on a course I bought for bloggers. It is a pretty awesome one and I am learning a lot. Mostly it will be used on my blog for home makers – ABustlingHome.com, but some of it will spill over to my little crafty corner of the internet I am sure.
I took my mother in law to Joann’s this week to buy her a new sewing machine. She has been saying for months that she wants to find a simple singer machine that is heavy duty enough for denim and drapes. I found the perfect one in the flyer on sale last week for $100 off. It is literally called Heavy Duty Singer Sewing Machine. So we went shopping after lunch and ended up spending way to much at Joann’s. She spent time playing with the machine and trying it out while Mermaid and I searched for fabric for some projects we want to make.
I found a nice light weight denim I am going to do my Kallie Shirt Dress in for the March make of Sew My Style Challenge 2018. I thought about making it in a lightweight shirting fabric but I would have to layer it over tank tops to keep it from showing every lump and bump. I think with the denim I bought it is going to drape perfectly and pair well over some leggings. I might even wear it kimono style over shorts and a tank who knows?
Mermaid is a little put out that I keep sewing garments for myself and I haven’t sewn a thing for her. So I let her pick out a book of patterns for girls, then a dress to make from the book. She choose the Tallulah Halter Dress. She picked out a fabric that has purple roses repeated across it. The fabric reminds me of scrapbook paper actually and I love it.
The funny part is while we were looking for the fabric for the Tallulah dress we stumbled on the fabric for the summer dresses. I am not sure what you call it. It has a finished edge on both ends and an area of elastic smocking. Once she found the bolts of this fabric she went crazy. Picture a 3 foot tall kid picking up fabric bolts taller than her and trying to get them all in the buggy. It was super cute. We settled for buying fabric for two of these dresses. I know that normally people just sew a single seam up the back and call it a summer dress but Mermaid gets really active when she is playing so I found some ribbon to make shoulder straps with. It would drive us both crazy if the dress kept falling down to indecent levels while she is wearing it.
I finished the Estelle Ponte Jacket. I am not going to lie I had trouble with the shoulder seams coming out even. I am palnning on writing the blurb article on making it so I won’t go into to much detail here – but once I got the shoulder seams figured out I finished it in an hour and I am loving it.
I have also been working on the Fergus Shrug. Mainly in the school pick up line. If you are looking for an easy project to take with you on the go I highly recommend this one. There are really only two rows you have to remember how to do and once you get the pattern established you don’t have to think about anything. It is going to be so thick and cozy I might have to wait until next fall to wear it instead of this spring.
My find of the week is a new case for my crochet hooks. I have been shoving all of them in a case that is to small for years. It drives me crazy because I can only open the top and then fish around for the one I want. If I unzip it all the way (like an open book) they all fall out because there aren’t enough of those little loops for them. So I treated myself this week and bought a new case that has more space and can hold some notions. I am going to do a post on the different kinds of cases on Amazon. I feel like I am going to get one for the circular knitting needles, the stick knitting needles and maybe another crochet one but use it for my journaling markers and supplies.
I am starting to run out of podcasts to tell you about that are crafting focused. So I am going to start sharing some of the books I read. I don’t know if I have ever shared on BlinkingCat that I love to read. If I could pick one thing out side of a hook and a magical supply of yarn to take with me to a deserted island it would be my kindle with unlimited battery supply. I may or may not read 3-5 books a week. Sometimes I read a book a day it all depends on what else I have going and if I am trying to take my mind off kidney stones and fibromyalgia. I am going to give reviews of pattern and crafting books their own posts (eventually) so this is where I am going to tell you about fiction books.
For the first book I picked out Happily Ever Ninja: A Married Romance (Knitting in the City) (Volume 5) by Penny Reid. I love this book for so many reasons. It is book 5 of 8 in the series Knitting in the City. I know what you are thinking 8 books about chicks knitting? Oh you have no idea. This book is about a couple already married for fourteen years with kids. She is a ninja. A ninja mom, ninja wife, and ninja friend. She may or may not have taken down a man three times her size with a knitting needle to the neck in a previous book. I don’t want to give you spoilers but it is going to melt your heart, make you laugh so hard you scare the pets, and get so frustrated with Greg (the hubby) that you want to reach in the book and smack him.
Estelle Ponte Jacket